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the two posts, and went away

with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron. 4. And it came

to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

9 Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.

10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies : now tell

me,

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pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.

11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that

never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.

13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies : tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.

14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.

15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and bast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a rasor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like

any

other man. 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.

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19 And she made him sleep upon of the Philistines were there; and her knees; and she called for a man, there were upon

the roof about and she caused him to shave off the three thousand men and women, seven locks of his head; and she that beheld while Samson made began to afflict him, and his strength sport. went from him.

28 And Samson called unto the 20 And she said, The Philistines LORD, and said, O Lord God, be upon thee, Samson. And he

remember me,

I awoke out of his sleep, and said, I strengthen me, I pray thee, only will go out as at other times before, this once, O God, that I may be at and shake myself. And he wist not once avenged of the Philistines for that the LORD was departed from my two eyes. him.

29 And Samson took hold of the 21 But the Philistines took him, two middle pillars upon which the and put out his eyes, and brought house stood, and on which it was him down to Gaza, and bound him borne up, of the one with his right with fetters of brass ; and he did hand, and of the other with his grind in the prison house.

left. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head 30 And Samson said, Let me die began to grow again after he was with the Philistines. And he bowed shaven.

himself with all his might; and the 23 Then the lords of the Philis- house fell upon the lords, and upon tines gathered them together for to all the people that were therein. So offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon the dead which he slew at his death their god, and to rejoice : for they were more than they which he slew said, Our god hath delivered Sam- in his life. son our enemy into our hand.

31 Then his brethren and all the 24 And when the people saw

house of his father came down, and him, they praised their god : for took him, and brought him up, and they said, Our god bath delivered buried him between Zorah and Eshinto our hands our enemy, and the taol in the burying-place of Manoah destroyer of our country, which his father. And he judged Israel slew many of us.

twenty years. 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they

C H AP. XVII. said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called

AND there was a man of mount for Samson out of the prison house; Ephraim, whose name was Micah. and he made them sport: and they 2 And he said unto his mother, set him between the pillars.

The eleven hundred shekels of silver 26 And Samson said unto the lad that were taken from thee, about that held him by the hand, Suffer which thou cursedst, and spakest of me that I may feel the pillars where- also in mine ears, behold, the silver upon the house standeth, that I

that I may

is with me; I took it. And his lean upon them.

mother said, Blessed be thou of the 27 Now the house was full of LORD, my son. men and women; and all the lords 3 And when he had restored the

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Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

CHAP. XVIII.

eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.

4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.

5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

7 And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

8 And the man departed out of the city from Beth-lehem-judah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.

9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou ? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.

10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.

In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in ; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land : who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.

3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?

4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.

5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may

know wbether our way which we go shall be prosperous.

6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace : before the Lord is your way wherein ye go.

7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of

11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man ; and the young man was unto him as one of

his sons.

12. And Micab consecrated the

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